4 South South, South East Governors rub minds

Issues pertaining to the well-being and future of Southern Nigeria, particularly the advancement of the interests of South South and South East states, may have been at the centre of discussions held at a meeting of four Governors from the two geopolitical regions.

The governors, two from each geopolitical region,  met in Port Harcourt on Wednesday night.

Governor Nyesom Wike meets with South South, South East Governors in Port Harcourt.

In attendance were Governor Nyesom Wike who played host and his Abia State counterpart, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

Others were Governors Ben Ayade of Cross River State and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State.

Although details of their conversation remain top secret, the timing of the meeting which involved PDP and APC Governors has left many Nigerians, including political pundits, guessing.

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River
State was at the meeting.

While some persons insist there may be something political about the Port Harcourt meeting, others say there is nothing wrong about Governors in the South South and their counterparts from the South East coming together to discuss matters of great regional and national interest.

A commentator, name withheld, told this publication, “there may be an attempt to infer political interest. There is nothing wrong with that.

Governor Dave Umahi visits Rivers State again in order to plot South South, South East cooperation.

“I am rather thinking that there is a move by South East and South South leaders to create a powerful bloc.”

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Prior to the Wednesday meeting, Governor Nyesom Wike had early in the week defined the interest of the Rivers State to mean what it can get from its support for those aspiring to rule Nigeria in terms of opportunities and the provision of infrastructure.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, close confidant of the Rivers Governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike.

He told members of the party at the inauguration of the PDP Campaign Council in Port Harcourt that the Rivers State has not benefitted maximally  from the support that it has given to successive governments in the country over the years

Vowing that would change, Governor Wike remarked, “If you do for me, I do for you; If you push me, I push you.”

The Governors who met in Port Harcourt with the Governor of Rivers State have since departed.

But, there are growing concerns in the PDP where the absence of five state Governors of the party in the Atiku campaign organization is raising eyebrows.

Talks aimed at reconciling diferring groups within the party haven’t worked out, following the resolve of Senator Iyorchia Ayu to stay on as National Chairman.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has maintained that he is not in a position to ask Ayu to step aside from office.

Southern leaders within the party are asking for the correction of certain structural imbalances which exist.

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They are insisting that Ayu must step aside to allow a Southerner to serve as the Chairman of the PDP.

So far, those demands for fairness, justice and equity have fallen on deaf ears.

Similarly, members of the G5 have remained adamant, saying their partnership with Atiku would depend either on the resignation of Ayu or his forceful ejection from office by the leadership of the party.